Single pane of glass vs Massive pain in the ass!

Traditional channel management is still around and they are still trying to convince the world that it still works and it’s how it should be. We speak to vendors every single day who are stuck in that way of thinking that they should own all parts of the portal and be in control of all … Continue reading Single pane of glass vs Massive pain in the ass!

What partners really want – The partner experience!

As it appears that a lot of the channel tech neglect to ask what the partners really want from their vendors, we went out and asked them. The results are not what you will expect. We asked the question: What can vendors do to make your life better? 1. Support Many responses came back about … Continue reading What partners really want – The partner experience!

Marketing automation the easy way for the channel

What we often see is a mixture of tools being used for different things. A regular combination is outlined below. Hubspot seem to be the go to vendor for marketing automation and Mailchimp another popular choice for email marketing. Hubspot We work with a lot of companies that are using Hubspot for their marketing by … Continue reading Marketing automation the easy way for the channel

Distributor is not a globally equal term

“Distributors need to transform” “Distributors are just box shifters” “Distributors just fulfill orders for 15% margin” “Distributors earn money just for being a middleman” All of these phrases we hear on a regular basis. Where are these sayings coming from? They are coming from the US market as well as people who only know the … Continue reading Distributor is not a globally equal term

How much of your channel process can you really “get away with” automating? 

With the entire world trying to automate everything through software, we ask the question, how much can you get away with automating?  As a human race, we are designed to be collaborative. From the early days of hunter gatherers to the modern ways of working in project environments, everything is driven by people and groups of … Continue reading How much of your channel process can you really “get away with” automating? 

Onboarding your first distributor – A recipe for success

So you’ve decided it’s a good time to partner with companies to scale your company. What is the process you are going to use to onboard the distributor or partner? We are going to lay out the process that we have used forever and makes the whole evolution as simple as possible. Finding distributors There … Continue reading Onboarding your first distributor – A recipe for success

The perfect channel team structure?

Remember when you started your first ever job and you fell into your respective team? Whether that was a sales position, a marketing position, a software development position or a support position, you would have fallen into a team of people that did the same role as yourself in order to be trained and learn … Continue reading The perfect channel team structure?

Understanding channel models and structures

With 75% of business being conducted indirectly, it is a good idea to understand the channel structure and how this can fit into your company. We speak with vendors everyday that are in the process of moving into channel sales and need an explanation of how it all works so we are producing this educational … Continue reading Understanding channel models and structures

How many types of partners and how do they all differ?

The words channel partner used to be synonymous with an individual or company that resells another companies’ product. Nowadays channel partners come in all different shapes and sizes. We see the labels being thrown around for MSP’s, systems integrators, VAR’s, distributors, agencies, referral partners, affiliates, and other variations of these. So, what is the difference … Continue reading How many types of partners and how do they all differ?

The secret plan to slaughter the distributors and the channel through the introduction of marketplaces

Distribution has been around since warehousing became a thing in the early 1900’s. The model has stayed the same consistently for a lot of that time with the only key differences being the types of products that are distributed. Traditionally an industry for hardware where big warehouses that stocked computer equipment would be run as … Continue reading The secret plan to slaughter the distributors and the channel through the introduction of marketplaces